Kargil Divas at various locations


Every year on July 26th, India remembers and appreciates the soldiers who sacrificed their lives at Kargil Vijay Diwas to protect India from Pakistani invasion.  It was on this day in 1999 that the Indo-Pakistani War ended, and India was able to regain its lost territory.
On July 26th, 2013, each LEAD region hosted special Kargil Vijay Diwas remembrance celebrations. Through these celebrations, LEAD and its students touched and inspired hundreds of people throughout Karnataka. 

40 Davangere LEAD students, as well as 300 students from New Delhi Public School, Edu Asia (Navodaya) participated in a memorial procession through Davangere.  The procession helped spread awareness about Kargil Vijay Diwas throughout the city as it passed by the LEAD office, Shakar Leela Gas Agency, and Gundi Circle until finally reaching Govt Mothi Veerappy Junior College.
Davangere citizens, students, and ex-service men all attended a ceremony at Govt Mothi Veerappy Junior College to honor Indian patriotism. Sri S S Pattana Shetty D C DVG presided over the function. And Sri D Prasad ,S P, DVG , Lt. Sandesh( EX Service man), Sri K C Yallappa and Sri Ramegowda (Karnataka Rakshana Vedike), Sri Chandrasekhar (Principal  ,M V Govt Junior College), Smt Saroja B J P (Senior Activist), Dr Vittal Sapare, Sri B S Nadiger (Leading Educational Consultant), and Sri S S Shanmuka (Ex-serviceman)  presided over  the function.  The function was anchored by Mrs. Deepashree Ram Mohan (LEAD Davangere Program Manager).  The welcome speech and vote of thanks were presented by Kum Nidhi and Kum Megha, respectively.

A candle lighting ceremony, inaugurated by Sri S S Pattana Shetty, took place in Gundi Circle following the function.  Lit candles and patriotic songs lit up the darkness and set a peaceful tone.  The function ended with a singing of the national anthem.

Under the initiative of LEADers Akshay and Nitin from GIT College, Belgaum students conducted a rally throughout Belgaum to commemorate Kargil Vijay Diwas.

12 LEAD students and 60 school students participated in the rally. The group attracted public attention by shouting patriotic chants as they walked through the streets.  Through their high enthusiasm energy, these Belgaum students created a deep awareness and appreciation for the lost soldiers.

Following the rally, the students held a candle lighting ceremony and sang the national anthem.

LEADers Arjun, Naveen, Asha, Shivshankar, and Akshay organized a procession to help students understand and appreciate the sacrifices that the soldiers made for India.

163 students participated in the procession. The procession started at R.N. Shetty Kridagana and ended at Kargik Stupa.  After the procession, the students sung the national anthem and offered flowers to the Stupa.  The LEADers then explained the meaning of the national anthem and the significance of remembering Kargil Vijay Diwas to the participating students. Ms. Geeta Hegde (LEAD Hubli-Dharwad/Sirsi Program Manager) oversaw the event.
LEAD Gulbarga organized Jago Hindustani.  LEAD Students of Bhagyalaxmi PG Venkatesh Nagar, Gulbarba participated in a candle lighting ceremony, and observed two minutes of silence to mourn the lost soldiers.
The students, however, did not let sadness dominate the night.  Instead, they made a promise to work towards a better India in honor of the fallen soldiers.  Each student identified two problems in his/her community, and vowed to take initiative to solve these problems by Independence Day on August 15th.
Students from a government school near Laxmeshwar knew nothing about the events that led up to, or the importance of Kargil Vijay Diwas.  LEADers at SKSVMACET, Laxmeshwar, felt that all Indians, students included,
should be knowledgeable and aware about Vijay Diwas.  They went to the school and taught the students about the Indo-Pakistani war, and they made the students realize that the safety and security we have today is owed to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives at Kargil Vijay Diwas.
The LEADers made the session with the students interactive to ensure that the students learned as much as possible.  Through various activities, the students were able to fully grasp the important role that soldiers play in our lives.

The LEADers also engaged the students in chanting slogans, observing a moment of silence, and singing the national anthem to build patriotism and appreciation.

LEADers Ganapati, Shriraj, and Shivaprasad form MES College of Commerce, Sirsi, organized a major event at their college in memory of Kargil Vijay Diwas.  The ceremony consisted of singing the national anthem, a candle lighting ceremony, and a moment of silence to remember the fallen soldiers of the Indian Army.  Over 500 students, as well as the Principal and other faculty members, attended and participated in the event. Mr. S M Hegde (LEAD Faculty Coordinator) presided over event.

Prior to the event, the LEADers visited the local police station to pay a special tribute for the members of police who also gave their lives at Kargil Vijay Diwas.

At the LEAD Headquarters in Hubli, the soldiers who fought at Kargil Vijay Diwas were honored in an artistic and creative way.  The LEAD Team created a writable banner, on which Deshpande Foundation employees were able to sign their names and write motivational messages of patriotism.  People also dipped their hands in paint and decorated the banner with hand prints.  This collective production of creativity will allow the memories of the soldiers to live on in a timeless manner.


A memorial ceremony to tribute their  was also conducted by SK Degree College LEADers in Talikoti, Bijapur. Students gathered
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